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The Real Deal: Tennessee Williams’ ‘Camino Real’ at Marigny Opera House

Playwright Tennessee Williams had a long love affair with the Crescent City. Though the namesake festival dedicated to the sometime New Orleanian (who counted homes on Toulouse, Dumaine, and St. Peter streets) is many months away, a new production at the Marigny Opera House calls attention to one of his most underrated works. 


From July 28th to August 19th, the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company (TWTC) will present the 1953 work, Camino Real (pronounced “Cá-mino Réal” per Wiliams’ directions) at the multi-use arts space in the Marigny. 


The play tells the story of Kilroy, an "American Everyman" visitor to a mythic border town which is home to characters like Casanova, Lord Byron, and Don Quixote. According to TWTC’s statement about the play, “Transients from all walks of life seem to be trapped here, unable to complete their journeys. Are they trapped by their habits? Their demons? Their lovers?" 


The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company is a year-round theatre company dedicated to presenting works by the American playwright. The Company’s interpretation is the latest revival for the work, which first debuted on Broadway under Elia Kazan’s direction in 1953. Though the initial run was not a success, a 1970 Broadway revival starring Al Pacino as Kilroy was a smash hit. The TWTC recommends that all attendees be age 16 and above, as the expressionistic work features graphic violence, partial nudity, simulated gun shots, and strobe lighting effects. 


Tickets are $25 (Students/Seniors $20) available here or by calling 504-264-2580. 

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